Electric Rates Cause Quite A Stir

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Soaring electric rates was a huge debate at one commissioners meeting in Wilson Wednesday because some residents say they can't pay their bills.

In the past two months, local residents powered by Electricities have seen at least a 14 percent rate hike.

An increase, you can understand is difficult to cope with.

Members of Citizens of Fair Utilities, a group recently formed in Rocky Mount addressed Electricities and the Eastern Power Agency commissioners at a meeting in Wilson.

Electricities was created back in the 60's, 32-city's and towns bought into the not-for-profit to supply power to residents.

The problem, debt issues among other things have sent prices soaring.

A cost, some local business owners say they can't afford.

Representatives from Electricities say they're cutting costs as well, they've already slashed staff. The problem, they have to pay operating costs as well, and it looks like no end is in sight.

Electricities says if anything prices could go up, doesn't look like they'll be going down anytime soon.


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